Tony Stewart Claims First Victory at Las Vegas

March 12, 2012 by  
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The on-track action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday is what keeps auto racing enthusiasts coming back for more. Tony Stewart put on a superb demonstration of driving skill and determination, leading to his decisive victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kobalt Tools 400. As his first win on this particular track and the first Chevrolet victory for 2012, the three-time defending champion Stewart also clocked up his 45th career win from his seventh position start. The victory, which was Stewart’s first with his new crew chief Steve Addington, puts him seventh in the standings.

Jimmie Johnson took second place, fighting his way to the front from the back of the field in a backup Chevrolet after a mishap with his car in practice the day before the race. Stewart kept his position at the head of the field for the last 30 laps of the race, while Johnson was hot on his heels for the last 17 of those laps, but just could not get past. Chevrolet was strongly represented at the event, with other top-ten finishes for the iconic manufacturer including Ryan Newman in fourth position, Paul Menard in seventh, and Jamie McMurray in eighth place, while Dale Earnhardt Jr.finished the race at number 10.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kobalt Tools 400 victory will no doubt help to ease the pain of last week’s debacle at Phoenix where he turned his car off to save on fuel and failed to get it to re-fire, resulting in a longer pit stop and his finish in 22nd place. It is thought that the problem may be linked to the new electronic fuel injection system introduced by NASCAR. In a post-race interview, Stewart remarked that he was finally glad to win a race at Las Vegas. This may have been an especially sweet victory for Stewart in light of the fact that he missed a good shot at victory last year by incurring a penalty by leaving his pit stop with an air hose still attached to his car.

The current top ten NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings are: Greg Biffle (125 points); Kevin Harvick (115 points); Denny Hamlin (113 points); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (107 points); Matt Kenseth (102 points); Carl Edwards (102 points); Tony Stewart (100 points); Martin Truex Jr. (98 points; and Mark Martin (97 points).

2011 Coke Zero 400

April 14, 2011 by  
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Join the crowds at Daytona Speedway to celebrate the Independence Day Holiday Weekend with the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The action-packed program includes qualifying laps, NASCAR Autograph Session and a pre-race concert featuring country-singing sensation Martina McBride.

The 53rd Annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starts at 7:30pm on July 2.

Dates: 1-2 July 2011
Venue: Daytona Speedway
State: Daytona Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America

2011 Brickyard 400

April 14, 2011 by  
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Considered to be one of the most prestigious stock car race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Brickyard 400 has taken place every year since 1994. It also has the distinction of being the first race of its kind on the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which up until then had only hosted open-wheel cars.

Covering a distance of 400 miles – 160 laps – the Brickyard 400 is known to attract large numbers of spectators. You could be there too!

Dates: 28-31 July 2011
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
State: Indiana
Country: United States of America

2011 Pennsylvania 500

April 14, 2011 by  
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Don’t miss this triple series action-packed weekend. Taking place on 5-7 August at the Pocono Raceway in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, the program includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Practice sessions start on Friday at 10:00am with the NCWTS Final Practice and ending the day with the ARCA Qualifying. Saturday sees qualifiers and drivers introductions, with the highlights being the Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at 1:00 pm and the Pennsylvania 125 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards at 3:00pm.

Following a morning of activities, including a Salute to the Armed Service Pre-Race Festivities, the highlight of the day is the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at 1:00pm

Dates: 5-7 August 2011
Venue: Pocono Raceway
State: Pennsylvania
Country: United States of America

Toyota/Save Mart 350

March 17, 2011 by  
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Infineon Raceway on 24 June 2011 for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Spectators will be on the edges of their seats as 43 stock cars take on the challenge of Infineon Raceways’s twists and turns. Also worth noting is the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200, a NASCAR K & N Pro Series West event, which will be held on Saturday 25 June. Don’t miss this thrill-filled weekend in Sonoma Valley

Date: 24 to 26 June 2011
Venue: Infineon Raceway
Location: Sonoma
State: California
Country: United States of America

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